The Odyssey Chicago River

OSA Designs Audio System for a Glass Boat

OSA Outfits the Odyssey Chicago River with d&b Speakers to Tackle Reflection and Weather Challenges

Chicago, IL––In the fall of 2018 North America’s largest dining and sightseeing cruise company, Entertainment Cruises, launched the newest boat in their fleet, the Odyssey Chicago River.  The first dinner cruise on the river, the upscale vessel is glass-enclosed offering 360-degree views of downtown Chicago’s great architecture and stunning skyline.  While visually an impressive experience, sonically the project would challenge any audio design team.  The glass walls would create a listening environment of poor acoustics with high levels of reverberation, if the right sound reinforcement system was not chosen.

The company sought out the Integrated Solutions division of OSA International, Inc. to design and install the audio system.  OSA’s Director of Integrations, Brandon Gardner, knew that they would have to limit the sound reflections off the glass.  Gardner explains, “The main speakers are the d&b 16C column loudspeakers.  They are a passive cardioid column speaker, which had to be used to limit excessive rear LF reflections off the back of the speaker, basically lowering how much sound bounces off the glass walls.  At the time of design and install, d&b audiotechnik was the only manufacturer offering a passive cardioid column speaker, so the 16Cs were the obvious choice.”

Inside the boat, OSA supplemented the 16Cs with K-Array Rumble-KU210 subwoofers.  A high-power passive sub, the component was chosen for both its performance and size.  “I needed to fit the subwoofers into a 7.5” deep soffit, and the K-Array was the perfect choice as it is a dual 10” subwoofer that is only 6” deep,” says Gardner.

In addition to the interior, the boat also featured an outside observation space.  Cruising the Chicago River, the speakers would need to endure the elements.  Gardner explains the choice for the outdoors: “We also chose d&b speakers for the outside.  The d&b 5Ss have one of the highest weather resistant (IP34) ratings available for performance loudspeakers, which was important considering the application.  Another benefit is that they can be used as a stand-alone speaker cabinet without subs.  We installed four on the bow and two on the stern.”  The d&b 5S loudspeakers are available in special colors, so OSA was able to match the speakers’ surroundings making them less noticeable.

OSA designed the system with a BSS BLU-100 at the core.  Additionally, the audio is controlled through the BSS using wall plates and an iPad application that OSA designed.  Gardner closes, “The client approached us based on our work at Navy Pier.  It was exciting to be a part of the construction process of the boat and seeing the satisfaction on everyone’s faces when we turned the audio system on for the first time.  The acoustics sounded great!”

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Jeff Meyer

Jeff Meyer Joins OSA International, Inc.

OSA Grows Business Development Team with Addition of LED Sales Veteran

LAS VEGAS, NV––OSA International, Inc. (OSA) welcomes business development specialist Jeff Meyer.  An industry veteran, Meyer has thirty-five years of experience in live sound and video for corporate events.  Based out of OSA’s Las Vegas office, he will be responsible for developing new business relationships and expanding sales of LED technology.

Mr. Meyer began working for a recording studio after college in addition to doing freelance live sound.  In 1987 he joined AV staging company Media Control, which would later become Creative Technology, as a sound engineer and warehouse technician.  He became a project manager in 1990, and in the early 90’s he quickly grew his management skills fulfilling the position of operations manager, and subsequently general manager.  After fifteen years as GM, Meyer left CT to start a new venture.

Meyer joined Video Equipment Rentals (VER) in 2010 working in business development and account management.  Meyer’s experience has afforded him partnerships with many valued clients, including corporate event planners, creative agencies and production companies. 

President & CEO Mario C. Educate welcomes Meyer to OSA.  “I’ve known Jeff for many years.  His experience selling video and LED technologies over the last 18 years, coupled with his love for pulling an event together and management experience, are all invaluable to OSA.  Jeff is joining at the perfect time, as we are increasing our LED inventory this quarter with a new 2.6mm LED product from Absen.  We look forward to offering this new panel to our clients.”

About OSA International, Inc.
OSA International, Inc. is a global technical services provider for live events and entertainment. With offices in Chicago, Las Vegas and Nashville, as well as global partnerships, OSA delivers cutting-edge engineering, audio systems, LED and video technologies that are second-to-none in quality, implementation and execution.  Our work, creating remarkable live events of every type and scale, is our greatest advertising tool.  For more information, contact OSA International, Inc. at: (877) 672-4685 (877-OSA-INTL), connect@osacorp.com, www.OSAcorp.com

Fellowes Brands

OSA Delivers Innovative Solution for Fellowes Brands Using Visionary Solutions

ITASCA, ILA leading manufacturer of office and technology accessories since 1917, Fellowes Brands owns and operates 17 subsidiaries worldwide. When the global company decided to upgrade the Burnham conference room at its headquarters northwest of Chicago, it tapped OSA Integrated Solutions, Inc., of neighboring Wood Dale, to design and install a new AV system.

“The Burnham Room is a large multipurpose room that Fellowes mainly uses for large executive meetings and presentations with outside manufacturers and vendors,” relates OSA Director of Integration Brandon Gardner, who co-designed the new system with colleague John Sinshack. “The room has tables that can be moved for different setups, so they can meet in a circle or have a more podium-focused meeting. We had to figure out the locations they’re going to present from, get cables to those locations, and ensure the presentations could be seen and heard throughout the room.”

OSA’s solution was an AV-over-IP network managed by a Q-SYS Core 110f processor, streaming audio via AES67 and video using Visionary Solutions E4100 and D4100 4K UHD encoders and decoders. “The biggest thing that led us to doing an IP system was that the client wanted to integrate Skype for Business and soft codec conferencing from laptops they would bring in,” Gardner explains. “In traditional systems, if you want those capabilities, you use a desktop computer in a rack. These days, everybody’s using laptops. The ability to use any laptop with Skype and other sources is a major benefit of the Q-SYS and Visionary Solutions IP network, and it’s what led the client to choose this system.”

Both OSA and Fellowes were treading new ground. “We had used Q-SYS but this was our first deployment of Q-SYS with Visionary Solutions,” recalls Gardner. “We were up front with the client about that, and they were initially skeptical about deploying a system they were unfamiliar with. But we knew this was the correct solution. I wanted that challenge. I did not want to quote them a traditional system because it wasn’t the correct solution.”

The new AV system offers five HDMI inputs equipped with Visionary Solutions E4100 encoders, which serve the podium, the front table, a Barco ClickShare wireless presentation system, a DirecTV cable box, and a QSC PTX 12×72 Q-SYS PoE video camera. Three Visionary Solutions D4100 decoders feed an 89-inch Samsung front main display and two Barco 55-inch LCD displays on the right wall. The encoders and decoders are powered over Ethernet. “What’s great about the Visionary Solutions decoders is that since we’re using RS-232, the client can swap out those video displays for virtually any display, and regardless of the display resolution, the decoders will adapt,” Gardner enthuses. The client controls the system with a tabletop-mounted QSC TSC-90tw-G2-BK 8-inch touch-panel display or an Apple iPad.

“At the podium and all table HDMI locations, we installed a Q-SYS PoE USB bridge so the client can plug a laptop into USB and drive their entire Skype videoconference call or audio call from whatever laptop they bring in,” Gardner notes. The system uses an analog phone line for audio conferencing but can be updated to VOIP.

Then Gardner and the OSA team took a deep dive to give the client something special. “The most interesting part of the system is related to the Visionary Solutions products,” asserts Gardner. “We built a custom control script in Q-SYS so you can plug into any HDMI or USB input, and the system will recognize that a device is plugged in, turn on all of the displays, and flip to the proper presentation control page on the QSC touch panel. If you plug in a second HDMI or USB source, the sources are selectable. When you unplug every HDMI and USB source in the system—except for the DirecTV and ClickShare, which are they’re not in the control chain—the system will shut down and power off all of the displays in 30 seconds. This is the first time we’ve deployed a system that’s plug-and-play to the point that the client doesn’t even have to use a touch panel. From the client’s perspective, that’s a huge benefit.”

A laptop is permanently in place at the podium and is always plugged into a Q-SYS USB bridge. It’s connected to the Internet and is preconfigured for Skype conferencing. When someone raises the lid on the laptop, if that’s the only source, all of the displays come on, and the laptop takes priority over other inputs.

Integrating the Q-SYS and Visionary Solutions systems proved easy. “It was like working with one manufacturer,” Gardner attests. “In the Q-SYS software, we just dropped in encoders and decoders and had control of them. There’s nothing complicated on our end.”

Designing and scripting the automation wasn’t nearly as easy but the OSA team found willing allies. “Support from both QSC and Visionary Solutions was key, especially because we were doing most of this for the first time,” Gardner recollects. “We were learning as we went along, and the Visionary Solutions guys were amazing; they were super responsive and happy to help.”

The results were well worth the hard work. “The system works flawlessly,” reports Gardner. “The client is super happy; they’re ecstatic. We’re already talking about new conference rooms using Q-SYS and Visionary Solutions. There’s no turning back now: I’ve joined the AV-over-IP cult.

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Daniel Bellestri, Account Executive, OSA

OSA Hires New A/V Integration Specialist

Commercial A/V Systems Specialist Daniel Bellestri Joins OSA International, Inc.

Chicago, IL–– Daniel Bellestri joins the Integrated Solutions division of OSA International, Inc. (OSA).  Mr. Bellestri is based out of OSA’s Wood Dale office, about twenty miles west of Chicago.  He will be responsible for expanding sales in the Integrated Solutions division by developing new business relationships and overseeing fixed and temporary A/V installations and renovations to ensure customer satisfaction.

Bellestri’s technical career began in the 90’s working in sound contracting, remote broadcasting for radio and IT for companies in the Detroit area.  With several IT certifications including MCP, CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+, he was able to produce reliable engineering solutions to his customers time after time, always looking for the solution that would be most relevant for his client.  His positive attitude and skillset were a value-add and appreciated by his colleagues.

In 2011 Bellestri took a risk and moved to Chicago.  There he worked as an A2 for various production companies while taking classes.  Bellestri earned a Bachelor of Arts in Audio, Arts & Acoustics, majoring I Live and Installed Sound, from Columbia College Chicago.  Upon graduation, he started working for an A/V integration company installing commercial systems.  Wanting to further his career, he moved into the role of sales engineer where he worked on every phase of the project.  Bellestri holds several A/V industry certifications, including Biamp Systems’ TesiraFORTÉ, Q-SYS Level 1, OSHA-10 and CTS.

Operations Manager Lisa Ruggiero comments, “Daniel has an impressive knowledge-base in several markets that we want to expand our presence in, like houses of worship.  When we met him, the entire Integrated Solutions department at OSA felt very comfortable with him and knew he would be a great asset and team player!  We are all very excited to have Dan on the team and see how he can help grow our sales in these markets.”

About OSA Integrated Solutions, Powered by OSA International, Inc.
OSA Integrated Solutions, the systems integration division of OSA International, Inc., designs, integrates and installs multi-platform control systems for both commercial and residential applications.  With offices in Chicago, Las Vegas and Nashville, as well as global partnerships, OSA delivers cutting-edge engineering, audio systems, LED and video technologies, and automation systems that are second-to-none in quality, implementation and execution.  Our work, creating extraordinary A/V experiences in your business or home, is our greatest advertising tool.  For more information, contact OSA International, Inc. at: (877) 672-4685 (877-OSA-INTL), connect@osacorp.com, www.OSAcorp.com

Kevin McKnight

OSA Announces New Vice President of Business Development

Kevin McKnight Brings Thirty Years of Live Event Technical Management and Sales Experience to OSA

Nashville, TN––OSA International, Inc. (OSA) welcomes Kevin McKnight as Vice President of Business Development. McKnight joins OSA with thirty years of experience in the technical management of live events.  Mr. McKnight will be responsible for developing new business relationships and overseeing the sales team to ensure overall client satisfaction. 

Mr. McKnight began his career at the most magical place on earth.  As a live event technician, he grew his experience fulfilling the role as the parkwide tech lead at the Magic Kingdom as well as developing and touring Disney’s live shows throughout North America.  McKnight left a legacy of better work habits and positivity with his energy and outlook. 

Having found a love of mixing sound while moonlighting for a small blues club, McKnight joined On Stage Audio, now OSA International, Inc.,as an audio engineer in 1996.  He managed all aspects of live sound for events from inception to completion.  McKnight’s work with On Stage Audio during this time aided in establishing OSA’s reputation for excellence in system design, customer service and technical ability in the live events industry.  He left OSA in 2006 to hone his management and sales experience in the industry. McKnight comments, “OSA’s desire to be the best in the industry has not changed since my departure. The company has evolved tremendously, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to be involved in future business development.”

President & CEO Mario C. Educate announced McKnight’s return to OSA International, Inc. earlier this fall.  “I am happy to share that Kevin McKnight is returning to OSA as Vice President of Business Development.  He has worked for some of the most reputable companies in our industry, bettering his departments time and time again.  Five years ago, we opened a small office in Nashville. The city has treated us well and we are enthusiastic about growing our services there.  Kevin will have a key role in our upcoming expansion plans in Nashville and throughout the southeast region.”

About OSA International, Inc.
OSA International, Inc. is a global technical services provider for live events and entertainment. With offices in Chicago, Las Vegas and Nashville, as well as global partnerships, OSA delivers cutting-edge engineering, audio systems, LED and video technologies that are second-to-none in quality, implementation and execution.  Our work, creating remarkable live events of every type and scale, is our greatest advertising tool.  For more information, contact OSA International, Inc. at: (877) 672-4685 (877-OSA-INTL), connect@osacorp.com, www.OSAcorp.com

OSA Supports David Foster with Martin Audio at Ravinia Festival

Ravinia Park, IL––When David Foster’s “The Hitman” tour passed through the Ravinia Festival outside of Chicago, OSA International had double the responsibility as the gear provider for the Martin Audio MLA system installed for Ravinia’s summer season and as the tour’s production company, providing the touring audio and LED elements.

Founded in 1904, Ravinia is the oldest outdoor music festival in North America with a roster of high caliber artists such as Foster gracing its amphitheater every summer.

Asked about the MLA system at Ravinia used for the show, OSA’s Peter Wiejaczka who has worked with Ravinia since MLA was first installed in the Pavilion several years ago responds, “We provide eight MLA with two MLD a side, three MLX subs a side on stage, and six W8LM for front fill.

“The main challenge for Ravinia is meeting the SPL limits at the venue and in the village beyond the property line. There’s a residential zone about 100 ft. from the stage, so eliminating excessive noise is paramount and MLA affords us the control to do that very effectively.

“MLA also provides a level of consistency from show to show so the Ravinia sound crew can ensure a consistent product for the touring acts that come throughout the summer season. They wanted a system that was easy to work with and could consistently reproduce accurate mixes.”

Rob Laseau, one of the Ravinia house audio team from Chicago IATSE Local 2 adds, “After hundreds of shows, I’m still amazed at the detail I can hear through the Martin Audio MLA system.”

OSA’s Peter Wiejaczka concludes, “the system provides very even front to back coverage in the space despite building restrictions that forced us to fly the arrays very far apart, so the mix is the same wherever you’re seated. I continually hear from members of the Ravinia staff and guest engineers how they can hear detail with MLA they’ve never heard with other systems.” OSA’s Peter Brennan who mixed monitors for the tours, adds “the system is very quiet on stage because of its rear rejection capability.”

According to Brennan, the monitor system for the tour includes, “12 Martin Audio XE300’s with an SX218 as drum sub. The XE300’s are great! They deliver amazing performance from a low physical profile. They can get really loud and remain stable with no hot spots or feedback at certain points, which is very helpful because David has many guest artists from different genres, of whom we have to adjust to pretty quickly.

“For this tour, three artists performed the songs David is most known for with Pia Toscano singing the Celine Dion songs he wrote and produced, Shelea Frazier performing the Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston hits, and Fernando Varela singing David’s best operatic material including Andrea Bocelli songs. The music is pretty dynamic, it’s like a story teller’s tour with David recapping his life and career through the music.”

“When running sound for a 16-time Grammy award winning producer, there are no exceptions that allow for poor or average sound. With these wedges and with MLA, we can work in the studio or on the road with the same level of sonic quality.”

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OSA Deploys Martin Audio Wavefront Precision at Corporate Event

Dallas, TX––OSA International recently solved problems at a business conference in Grapevine, Texas with a PA system consisting of Martin Audio WPC and WPM speakers.

Brought in by event producer agencyEA for audio, video, lighting, staging and production, OSA realized that the acoustic challenges of a hotel ballroom, the need for uniform coverage plus the event’s weight and rigging descriptions led them to one inescapable conclusion.


As OSA’s Brian Daily explains, “the biggest challenge was getting a PA that could throw at least 100 feet for the mains and 65 to 70 ft. in the center, with the powered control we needed for the space we were working with. Given the weight restrictions and rigging issues we faced, the only PA that made sense was Martin Audio’s WPC system.

“In terms of control, we needed to keep sound off of the stage as much as possible because of the presenters, talent show contestants and the concert night entertainment, Blues Traveler, were onstage. This is something Martin Audio is known for.”

The actual system included two clusters of eight Martin Audio WPC for left and right mains plus four center-flown clusters of four WPM for center and front fill coverage.

Asked about the choice of Wavefront Precision for this event, Brian adds, “It’s a great-sounding PA, with everything you could possibly need in terms of being light weight and easy to rig.

“Best of all, the client was incredibly pleased with the outcome. They were already talking about their next meeting.

“In terms of Wavefront Precision overall, I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this PA, it’s just amazing. I really appreciate the seamless transitions between the WPC and WPM cabinets, combined with the impact those boxes have on the listening experience. I just got back from a difficult show in Boston where we used the Wavefront Precision and I could not imagine having used any other PA in that venue.”

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OSA Supports Chicago Opera Production of Jesus Christ Superstar with Martin Audio

Chicago, IL––The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s award-winning production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” featured a full complement of Martin Audio MLA Compact and CDD-LIVE supplied by OSA International, Inc.

Originally staged in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London for what turned out to be a sold-out run, the production had to be completely reimagined for the Lyric Opera House a venerable, high-ceilinged space with its own set of challenges.

Asked about the production, OSA’s Peter Wiejaczka explains, “We’ve developed a relationship with the Lyric as a consultant based on a successful replacement of their speech systems with Martin Audio CDD. The sound designer for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ Nick Lidster from Autograph in London, and other members of the original production team were brought in to match the phenomenal results achieved in Regent’s Park. Lidster contacted Martin Audio’s Nigel Meddemmen to assist with the design for the Lyric Opera House using MLA Compact.”

The system includes 16 MLA Compact enclosures per side arrayed lower than usual—in order, as Nigel points out, “to ensure we could reach right under all three balconies and avoid using the house under balcony fills. Nick specifically didn’t want to use the house system as it wouldn’t match the tonality of the MLA Compact. This worked perfectly as there was excellent coverage to the back of every balcony.”

Given the low rigging height, the MLA Compact had to be flown low out in front of the proscenium to avoid blocking sight lines, which makes them very visible to audiences, a deliberate move in this case to reinforce the original concept of Rock Opera.

In addition to the mains there are 16 CDD-LIVE speakers mounted in the wings and all over the stage to ensure the monitoring for the large cast provided even coverage across the stage,” adds Peter, “with a center array of six Wavefront Precision Mini flown to provide center downfill, combined with a further eight WPM mounted into the stage apron for front fills to ensure even horizontal coverage across the width of the proscenium.”

Explaining his relationship with Martin Audio and experience with MLA, Autograph Sound Designer Nick Lidster said, “As in Regent Park, I wanted very accurate control of the audio energy reaching the auditorium seating and to minimize the sound either spilling or reflecting off the walls. So, I chose the Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system that was first developed for large outdoor festivals in the UK where multiple stages are right next door to each other, and they want the spill from each area and offsite to be minimal.

“In terms of Wavefront Precision overall, I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this PA, it’s just amazing. I really appreciate the seamless transitions between the WPC and WPM cabinets, combined with the impact those boxes have on the listening experience. I just got back from a difficult show in Boston where we used the Wavefront Precision and I could not imagine having used any other PA in that venue.”

“When it came to the Lyric Opera,” Nick continues, “An opera house acoustic is designed to aid the unamplified voice, and they usually resonate nicely in the vocal range. Of course, this is unhelpful for amplified musical theater or rock shows, where you want a neutral room acoustic and short reverb time for maximum intelligibility.

“I could see, when I walked into the auditorium, that there were vast flat walls and plaster surfaces everywhere, it was clear that to be successful, I needed a way to avoid the architecture as much as possible.

“The MLA’s control software and steering capabilities mean that you can keep the energy away from the roof and walls and focus the sound into individual seating areas.

“I’ve used Martin Audio’s technology to maximize sound pressure at the seat and to remove as much of the reverb and reflection from the room as I can. That’s not to say it has gone altogether, but hopefully the direct sound from the loudspeakers overpowers that room acoustic before it becomes a significant factor.

“MLA is a really impressive system and the various elements have all integrated really well on this project, so I’m VERY pleased. The support from Nigel at Martin Audio and Peter from OSA has helped make for an enjoyable and successful production

Summing up, Peter adds, “As far as the Lyric Opera staff is concerned, they thought It was the best sounding shows they’ve ever had in the theater. For Nick, it was very consistent with the way the production sounded in Regent Park. He was very happy and has a lot of confidence in Martin Audio.”

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Chicago Lyric Opera Taps Axient® Digital for Jesus Christ Superstar

NILES, IL, June 14, 2018—The first North American production of the acclaimed 2016 London revival of Jesus Christ Superstar took place at Chicago Lyric Opera for a four-week run. Billed as Lyric Opera’s annual spring musical, this ambitious staging of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera featured an all-star cast supported by an operatic chorus and six-piece rock band, requiring 74 wireless microphone channels.Nick Lidster, sound designer from the creative team at Autograph that staged the show’s revival in London’s Regents Park, worked with senior sound engineer Peter Wiejaczka of OSA International to create a viable rock-based musical within the challenging acoustical confines of the Lyric Opera House. They opted to work with Shure Axient® Digital as the primary wireless system for the production.“This production was quite a significant step up from the show we’d done in London, going from a cast of 27 to needing over 50 radio microphones,” says Lidster. “We had the opportunity to work with Shure’s latest product, Axient Digital, including factory support here in its hometown of Chicago, so we were happy to do that.”

For Jesus Christ Superstar, Lyric Opera used a total of 56 channels of Axient Digital, plus 18 channels of UHF-R®. All but eight transmitters were bodypacks. Of particular note was the inclusion of ADX1M Micro-Bodypack transmitters, important for the adaptive internal antenna, which automatically optimizes RF output when worn against the body. ADX transmitters also enable Axient Digital’s frequency diversity and ShowLink® remote control features. Still a few months away from general release, Shure made 12 beta-test production units available for the show.Stephanie Farina, a Chicago-based theater tech who worked in the A2 role on the production, was very impressed. “The system being digital is a big help, because you can fit more frequencies together without intermod,” she notes. “We did need to do a little work with creative antenna placements to get full coverage with a steel set in such a large space, but once we did, we used Wireless Workbench® software together with some old school methods and ended up with a solid frequency plan, including 16 backup frequencies. Not bad for downtown Chicago!”

Farina was also responsible for miking the performers, which is where the ADX1M made a strong impression. “With no external antenna, I was a little skeptical of the ADX packs at first, but they worked flawlessly for us,” she continued. “I love that the mic connector is recessed. Because of how small and sleek they are, with rounded corners, it makes my life easier with costume and wardrobe, and the actors love them.”

Nick Lidster was similarly appreciative. “With the Axient Digital micro-pack on the lead performers and standard AD1 packs for the rest of the main ensemble, plus eight handhelds, we have 54 simultaneous microphone channels running. It’s been clean as a whistle from the time we pushed up the faders on the first day, so I’ve been very pleased,” he reports.

The new Axient Digital AD610 Access Point was also deployed, enabling the system’s ShowLink remote management system for the ADX1M Micro-Bodypacks. This lets the sound engineer monitor and change all transmitter functions remotely, in real time. Even better, the system can detect and avoid interference, using ShowLink functionality in conjunction with the AXT600 Spectrum Manager for an extra measure of assurance that the show will go on as planned.

“There are a lot of little touches on the micro-packs that make my job easier,” notes Farina. “I appreciate that the buttons are on the top and bottom, and that there is no antenna to hide. And because they are small and thin and curved, they can go almost anywhere. Things like remote control, power lock, and knowing the exact battery life of the rechargeables are all great. Everything has been really reliable.”

For sound designer Nick Lidster, Axient Digital proved itself worthy in an extremely challenging application. “Working in association with Shure and OSA International on this particular show has been invaluable,” he says. “Jesus Christ Superstar requires a rock and roll aesthetic, and we had to bring a lot of technology into a very traditional opera venue to make that happen. With Axient Digital, I feel as though Shure is actually listening to theater sound designers and turning up with products that are actually intended for our specific needs.”

Following the success of this large-scale production, Chicago Lyric Opera will add 48 channels of Axient Digital receivers with ADX transmitters, ShowLink Access Points, and Shure rechargeable batteries with rackmount charging stations to its permanent sound system.

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OSA Covers Adobe Summit 2018 with Martin Audio

Las Vegas, NV––Produced by PIX Productions with audio supplied by OSA International Inc., Adobe recently held the Adobe Summit 2018, a successful meeting for 13,000 digital marketers and advertisers, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

The high-powered event featured guest speakers such as Sir Richard Branson, SNL’s Leslie Jones, and Houston Texans standout JJ Watt, while OSA ensured consistent coverage and exceptional audio quality with a multifaceted Martin Audio MLA system.

According to OSA Project Manager and Systems Engineer Jamie Ransford, “At 600′ wide and 300′ deep with video displays throughout the space, we were faced with the challenge of getting uniform coverage throughout the audience while keeping the sound away from where we didn’t want it. MLA was huge in helping us avoid specific areas like the back of the screens with Display software and Hard Avoid™. Besides the PA, we only had two days to put in the system.”

The system setup was comprised of 96 MLA Compact enclosures, a total of 17 hangs varying in size between five and seven boxes per hang, in a large distributed system throughout the venue. The large square stage was supplemented by two hangs of MLA Minis in the center and 12 MLX subs ground-stacked on either side of the stage behind the screens. Martin Audio CDD12’s were used as fill speakers wherever they were needed.

Jamie explains “It was also a challenge to distribute signal because everything was so spread out, with potential cable runs of over 600 feet to reach the delay clusters. We opted to fly Merlin distribution and loudspeaker management systems throughout the hall in centralized locations so that no cable run to a speaker cluster exceeded 150 feet. Each rack also had a Focusrite Rednet D16R on a Dante network for AES distribution.”

Asked about reaction to the PA, Jamie confirms, “The system sounded great, with really even coverage from front to back and side to side, even within a very wide space.

“Everyone was very happy with the coverage, clarity and overall sound quality. Every time Martin Audio comes out with a new product, I’m just blown away. In fact, I’m looking forward to checking out the Wavefront Precision system for the first time at an upcoming corporate event we’re doing in Orlando.”

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